1. print PDF two copies on regular paper at the cheapest possible cost to you, i recommend a non-corporate or local copy supply store or buying second hand a laser printer that takes reusable cartridges.
2. call, write, or however you can- communicate to the black femme you are closest to in your life that you are preparing to read the pdf.
3. ask if you can send them a copy, if a physical copy is not easily mailed, then send a copy of the file digitally, found here: https://www.freedomarchives.org/Documents/Finder/DOC46_scans/46.RoleBlackWomenSlavery.pdf. PDF is available for free download at the freedomarchives.org.
4. ask if you can discuss its contents with them at their convenience, clearly and thoughtfully offer them compensation for their time spent reading, noting the emotional labor they’ll expend in exchange for the conversation with you.
5. take extensive notes on how you felt during step 2 and 4, your thoughts on the reading, being very clear about your own intimate, public and political interactions with black female identifying people and what you’ve expected from your interactions with them throughout your life- from politicians to popular culture icons to colleagues, partners, and friends. try to be clear about what reactions to the text are framed by these interactions and which belong outside of your experience or historical understanding. ask yourself if you’ve seen other recent media and political conversations that extend the text in the present-contemporary.